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Printing note: This design was created to be 8.5″ x 14″ and the design pdf will print best on legal size paper.

Plant List

This list is inclusive of only the native plants in this specific native garden design. The list is meant to provide a basic preview of the beautiful and diverse plants featured in this design and serve as a reference tool when selecting plants at a nursery. (The list can be printed in two columns using landscape mode in your print settings.) More thorough information about each of these native plants can be found online at the Audubon, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and United States Department of Agriculture websites, all of which provide a wealth of native plant information including comprehensive North American native plant databases.

American Filbert by David Stang

American Filbert(Corylus americana)

American Spikenard by Urban~commonswiki

American Spikenard(Aralia racemosa)

Anise Hyssop by Kurt Stueber

Anise Hyssop(Agastache foeniculum)

Black Chokeberry by I.Sáček, senior

Black Chokeberry(Aronia melanocarpa)

Black Elderberry by Franz Xaver

Black Elderberry(Sambucus canadensis)

Blue-eyed Grass by Dcrjsr

Blue-eyed Grass(Sisyrinchium)

Brome Sedge by Red Stem Native Landscapes, Inc. Monica Buckley

Brome Sedge(Carex bromoides)

Buttonbush by The Cosmonaut

Buttonbush(Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Cardinal Flower by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz

Cardinal Flower(Lobelia cardinalis)

Christmas Fern by David J. Stange

Christmas Fern(Polystichum acrostichoides)

Compass Plant by Eric Hunt

Compass Plant(Silphium laciniatum)

Cream Gentian by Joshua Mayer

Cream Gentian(Gentiana alba)

Foxglove Beardtongue by Kurt Stueber

Foxglove Beardtongue(Penstemon digitalis)

Glossy Black Chokeberry by Linda N.

Glossy Black Chokeberry(Aronia melanocarpa)

Gray's Sedge by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz

Gray's Sedge(Carex grayi)

Great Blue Lobelia by Agnieszka Kwiecień, Nova

Great Blue Lobelia(Lobelia siphilitica)

Illinois Rose by Cillas

Illinois Rose(Rosa setigera)

Ivory Sedge by Revery

Ivory Sedge(Carex eburnea)

Jacob's Ladder by Susie Van de Riet

Jacob's Ladder(Polemonium reptans)

James Sedge by Jason Sturner

James Sedge(Carex jamesii)

Large-flowering Bellwort by Chanteusey

Large-flowering Bellwort(Uvularia grandiflora)

Little Bluestem Grass by BBC Gardeners World, 2017

Little Bluestem Grass(Schizachyrium scoparium)

Marsh Blazing Star by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz

Marsh Blazing Star(Liatris spicata)

Marsh Marigold by Sarah Bormann

Marsh Marigold(Caltha palustris)

Meadowsweet by Robert H. Mohlenbrock, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester.

Meadowsweet(Spirea alba)

New England Aster by Ryan Hodnett

New England Aster(Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Pagoda Dogwood by David J. Stang

Pagoda Dogwood(Cornus alternifolia)

Prairie Coreopsis by Frank Mayfield

Prairie Coreopsis(Coreopsis palmata)

Prairie Dropseed by Krzysztof Ziarnek

Prairie Dropseed(Sporobolus heterolepis)

Prairie Smoke by Revery

Prairie Smoke(Geum triflorum)

Purple Coneflower by James St. John

Purple Coneflower(Echinacea purpurea)

Purple Prairie Clover by Matt Lavin

Purple Prairie Clover(Dalea purpurea)

Pussy Willow by Boston

Pussy Willow(Salix discolor)

Queen of the Prairie by Andrey Korzun

Queen of the Prairie(Filipendula rubra)

Rattlesnake Master by Krzysztof Ziarnek

Rattlesnake Master(Eryngium yuccifolium)

Red Trillium by Idéalités

Red Trillium(Trillium erectum)

Red-twig Dogwood by Cephas

Red-twig Dogwood(Cornus sericea)

Rose Milkweed by

Rose Milkweed(Asclepias incarnata)

Smooth Blue Aster by Kathleen Houlahan Chayer

Smooth Blue Aster(Symphyotrichum laeve)

Smooth Hydrangea by Kor!An (Андрей Корзун)

Smooth Hydrangea(Hydrangea arborescens)

Smooth Serviceberry by David J. Stang

Smooth Serviceberry(Amelanchier laevis)

Snowberry by Schwarzweisz

Snowberry(Symphoricarpos albus)

Sullivant's Milkweed by gmayfield10

Sullivant's Milkweed(Asclepias sullivantii)

Swamp White Oak by Krzysztof Ziarnek

Swamp White Oak(Quercus bicolor)

Virginia Wild Rye by Eugene van der Pijll

Virginia Wild Rye(Elymus virginicus)

White Wild Indigo by BlueCanoe

White Wild Indigo(Baptisia alba)

Wild Black Currant by Gene s~commonswiki

Wild Black Currant(Ribes nigrum)

Wild Geranium by H. Zell

Wild Geranium(Geranium maculatum)

Wild Ginger by Wasp32

Wild Ginger(Asarum canadense)

Woodland Phlox by Dlanglois

Woodland Phlox(Phlox divaricata)

About the Designer

Designer Monica Buckley’s childhood home featured an organic garden, a big compost pile, and rows of her dad’s irises, bred and grown for show. The garden was a source of wonder, but true entrancement took hold when a kid from her block showed her caterpillars, chrysalises and cocoons, and shared the names of butterflies, moths, and the plants their larvae needed to eat. That sense of the interconnectedness of nature colored her world, and after a career in publishing, Monica decided to follow her original passion. After several years of classes from The Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden and with encouragement from her mentor, Art Gara, she took the leap in 2013. Her company, Red Stem Native Landscapes, designs, builds and cares for native plant gardens in and around Chicago.  

Designer Statement

Our aim at Red Stem Native Landscapes is to delight our customers with beautiful, ever-changing native gardens that yield year-round pleasure while supporting native and migrating wildlife. Little of the original native flora exists in a countryside now so filled with herbicide-resistant crops and invasive plants that scant hope for preserving our natural heritage exists without the deliberate help of people through stewardship of natural areas and in the choices we make in our personal and commercial spaces. Although our constructed gardens can never attain the mind-boggling genetic diversity of our precious few natural remnant areas, we hope they can help build bridges to these and to reconstructed natural areas while providing territory and sustenance to the wildlife that require native plants to survive.   

"Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" with Robin Wall Kimmerer
March 19th at 5:00 PM (CDT)

This will be a paid event for both in-person and remote viewing. Virtual registrants will receive a link to watch Dr. Kimmerer's talk live as well as a link to the recording. The recording will only be available for a limited time. 

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Ecological restoration can be understood as an act of reciprocity, in return for the gifts of the earth. This talk explores the ecological and ethical imperatives of healing the damage we have inflicted on our land and waters. We trace the evolution of restoration philosophy and practice and consider how integration of indigenous knowledge can expand our understanding of restoration from the biophysical to the biocultural. Reciprocal restoration includes not only healing the land but our relationship to land. In healing the land, we are healing ourselves.

Wild Ones is excited to cohost this event with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Earth Week 2024 and the Wild Ones Fox Valley Chapter. 

About Wild Ones

Wild Ones is a non-profit organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

Some of the ways Wild Ones strives to accomplish our mission is by providing educational resources and online learning opportunities with respected experts like Wild Ones Honorary Directors Doug Tallamy, Neil Diboll, Heather Holm and Larry Weaner, publishing an award-winning journal and awarding Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Program grants to engage youth in caring for native gardens.

Wild Ones depends on membership fees, donations and gifts from individuals like you to carry out our mission of healing the Earth, one landscape at a time.